Biggest winners and losers from the 2017 Melbourne Cup


horseA MAN from Victoria was sitting on his couch preparing to watch the Melbourne Cup, when a phone call changed his life.

IT’S all over. This year’s Melbourne Cup saw Rekindling surge to victory after starting the race at $15 odds.

The horse, ridden by two-time Cup winner Corey Brown, won ahead of Johannes Vermeer (second) and Max Dynamite (third).

“I’m speechless, it’s a dream to even come out and race here — and to do it again, I’m lost for words,” Brown said after the race.

The four-year-old horse was the youngest in this year’s race.

Here are all the biggest bets from a massive day of punting on the race that stopped the nation.

‘I’M IN SHOCK’: LUCKY WINNER SNAGS $1 MILLION

A TAB customer scored the most improbable win of Melbourne Cup day after he turned a $5 punt into seven figures.

The man, who only wanted to be known as Dominic, from Mill Park in Victoria, entered a promotion which saw any TAB account customers who placed a bet on races 1 to 4 at Flemington entered into a draw.

After becoming the lucky customer to have his name drawn, Dominic was asked to pick the winner of the Melbourne Cup. If his selection won, he’d win $1 million.

Dominic selected Rekindling and sat back at home to watch his dream unfold.

“I started the day working so I never could have imagined this,” he said. “I was laying on the couch about to have a few bets when I got the call that I won the draw. I was actually home alone so I had to call a few mates who rushed over to watch with me.”

Dominic’s entered the draw with a $5 each way bet on Land of Plenty in race three, which ran second. He said it was hard to describe his emotions after securing the life-changing haul.

“I was just numb. It’s a surreal feeling and I’m still in shock … I never could have imagined this,” he said.

One lucky punter has come away with $151,255 from a $50 boxed trifecta

Another punter with the online bookmaker placed a $33 boxed trifecta for a return of $100,433.

One punter actually picked the trifecta straight up, placing $20 to win $60,502.

The victor Rekindling immediately shot to the $21 favourite for 2018’s race.

“Hats off to those punters, Rekindling was an unlikely hero but no doubt they’ll celebrate their wins for a long time to come,” sportsbet.com.au’s Will Byrne said.